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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 13/08/2021.

Consultant Clinical / Counselling Psychologist

Job Reference: 301-JP-21-118808

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
St Georges Hospital, Stafford
£65,663 - £75,873

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) is a high performing provider of integrated health and care, providing physical and mental health, learning disabilities and adult social care services. Employing 8,500 staff with a turnover of £490m, the majority of our services are delivered in Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, however our Inclusion services can be found across the country. Our inclusive organisation has received excellent 2020/21 staff opinion survey results and has recently been short-listed for two prestigious HSJ Awards.

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Consultant Clinical or Counselling Psychologist

Alcohol and Substance Misuse Pathway

Band 8c; 30 hours (0.8 wte); permanent post

Base: St George’s Hospital, Stafford


A really exciting new opportunity has arisen for a 0.8 wte Consultant Clinical or Counselling Psychologist (Agenda for Change band 8C) to take a lead role in the development of a brand new Alcohol and Substance Misuse Pathway covering South Staffordshire. This new post has been jointly funded by the Midlands Partnership NHS Trust and the Local Authority in South Staffordshire in order to create excellent services for people with co-occurring mental health and substance misuse needs.

We are looking for someone who is passionate about working with people with complex co-occurring needs and who is ready to play a lead role in the development of this new therapeutic pathway. The post holder will be expected to represent the interests of both the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Humankind, the provider of community substance misuse services in South Staffordshire, in order to help develop highly effective integrated services for the people who use the pathway. To that end, the successful applicant will be highly skilled in partnership working and possess excellent communication skills.

The post will involve playing a key role in the clinical development and coordination of the pathway across South Staffordshire and therefore the ability to travel across the region as required will be necessary. It is envisaged that a blend of face to face and remote working as appropriate will help to minimise travel.

Whilst the role will comprise direct clinical work, it is envisaged that a key aspect of the post will be to provide training and support (individual and group) to staff members of Humankind who are working to support individuals with complex co-occurring needs. The successful applicant will also provide clinical leadership and supervision for two junior grade Clinical or Counselling Psychologists (band 7 and band 8a, who have yet to be recruited) who they will work alongside in this co-occurring needs pathway.

The successful applicant can be expected to be well supported in the new role and receive regular clinical, professional and managerial supervision. Continued professional development through formal and informal training opportunities will be encouraged and supported.

If you think this post would be of interest and you wish to discuss it further, please contact Dr Ross Crowther-Green, Lead for Mental Health Psychological Services, MPFT – and Andrea Meadon, Assistant Director of Staffordshire Humankind -

Interviews are due to take place on the 20 August 2021, using Microsoft Teams.

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MPFT is committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all areas of the community, who meet the specific criteria of the post regardless of age, ethnictity, sexual orientation, gender, disability and religion/belief.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of individuals and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

The Trust has a positive attitude to employees and job applicants with mental health issues.

PLEASE NOTE: should we have a high volume of applications the Trust may close the vacancy early

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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